Lakers’ Anthony Davis makes All-Star cut, but is unlikely to play


Anthony Davis hasn’t had the season that he wanted, but in the eyes of NBA coaches, he’s still an All-Star. . The Laker forward was selected as an All-Star reserve on Tuesday night, as voted on by the league’s coaches. It’s Davis’ eighth consecutive selection to the NBA’s marquee midseason exhibition, which will be played on March 7 in Atlanta in a pared-down format that won’t involve the event’s usual flair. . Davis hit the game-winning free throw in last year’s exhibition, but he is unlikely to participate this year due to his ongoing struggles with a right calf strain that has affected his Achilles tendon. It is unclear if he will travel to Atlanta to participate in any events. Commissioner Adam Silver selects injury replacements for the game. . Davis, 27, has averaged 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.8 blocked shots in 23 games this season. The Lakers aren’t expecting him to return until after the All-Star break, and he could miss games in the second half of the season as well. . He joins a list of Western Conference All-Star reserves that includes Portland’s Damian Lillard; Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell; the Clippers’ Paul George, New Orleans’ Zion Williamson and Phoenix’s Chris Paul. Notable misses who could replace Davis include Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Utah’s Mike Conley, New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram and San Antonio’s DeMarcus DeRozan. . Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden highlighted the Eastern Conference reserves. He’s joined by Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Chicago’s Zach LaVine; Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons; and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic. Julius Randle, the Lakers’ No. 7 overall draft pick in 2014, made the All-Star roster for the first time as a New York Knick. . . LeBron James, one of the team captains pitted against Kevin Durant, theoretically will have the chance to pick his teammate again when they draft their teams from the pool of available starters and reserves on March 4 5 p.m. PT. He has chosen Davis in three previous All-Star games. Utah’s Quin Snyder is already set as the coach of Team LeBron. . Enthusiasm for the All-Star Game has waned greatly among its participants this year. James said earlier this month that he didn’t understand why an All-Star Game was being played in light of the pandemic and compressed schedule, and said he had “zero energy” for the exhibition. He referenced that response on Monday night when talking about the All-Star break. “I really don’t have too much of a comment about the All-Star break. You guys know how I feel about that.”. . LAKERS REPORTEDLY RELEASING QUINN COOK. The Athletic was first to report that the Lakers are anticipating waiving Quinn Cook, a well-liked but seldom-used guard who was a light-hearted locker room presence during the championship run. Cook, 27, has appeared in just 16 games totaling 62 minutes this season. His veteran’s minimum contract was set to become guaranteed this week.

Back from weather break, Mavericks beat Grizzlies 102-92


DALLAS – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points while Dallas built a big first-half lead without much help from Luka Doncic, and the Mavericks returned from a weather-induced break with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. . Dallas was playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness. . Doncic scored 14 of his 21 points after halftime in his first game since the soon-to-be 22-year-old became the first Dallas player to be voted an All-Star starter in consecutive seasons. The Slovenian star’s franchise record of 14 consecutive games with at least 25 points ended. . Two nights after falling behind by 31 at halftime in a 31-point loss to Phoenix, the Grizzlies were down 23 in the second quarter after scoring a season low for any quarter and trailing 26-13 after the first. . Ja Morant had 22 points and nine assists for Memphis. The NBA leaders in field goal percentage coming in shot 39% and went 6 of 31 from 3-point range 19%. . SUNS 132, TRAIL BLAZERS 100. . PHOENIX AP — Devin Booker scored 34 points, Deandre Ayton added 19 and Phoenix kept rolling with a lopsided win over Portland. . It was the largest margin of victory this season for the Suns, who have won nine of 10. Portland has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. . Booker had 17 points in the first quarter and 22 by halftime. He finished 12 of 17 from the field and 8 for 8 at the free throw line. . . Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 24 points. . JAZZ 132, HORNETS 110. . SALT LAKE CITY AP — Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and eight assists as Utah enjoyed a record-breaking performance from long range against Charlotte. . The Jazz 25-6 set a franchise mark for 3-pointers with 28, including 19 off the bench — the most by any team’s backups in NBA history, according to STATS. . Joe Ingles and Georges Niang led the way, making a career-high seven 3s apiece. Each player finished with 21 points. Jordan Clarkson added 20. Charlotte gave up 54 total 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball scored 21 points apiece to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20. . BULLS 120, ROCKETS 100. HOUSTON AP — Coby White scored 24 points and Chicago used a big third quarter to pull away from short-handed Houston. . Zach LaVine scored 14 of Chicago’s 46 third-quarter points, finishing with 21, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets by 20 in the period to break open a tight game. . David Nwaba had 22 points off the bench to lead Houston, which has lost eight straight. The Rockets had their previous two games postponed because of a winter storm and subsequent utility outages in the Houston area. . Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of five. . HEAT 108, THUNDER 94. . OKLAHOMA CITY AP — Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, leading the Miami Heat over Oklahoma City in the finale of their seven-game road trip. . Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and nine assists, Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and they hooked up on an alley-oop dunk during Miami’s 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter. . Robinson ended it with a 3 that gave the Heat a 94-77 lead midway through the final period. Miami won the final three games of the trip to finish 4-3. . Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for the Thunder, who were outscored 63-40 after halftime.

PREVIEW. Miami Heat’s visit to Oklahoma City Thunder will complete bonding road trip

The Miami Heat’s turnaround started a bit before their current seven-game road trip. . But heading into the trip finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night in Oklahoma City, Heat players, as well as head coach Erik Spoelstra, say the road journey has been a turning point. “When we’re at home we can’t really see each other,” Bam Adebayo said. “We’re in the hotel now, we’re traveling together on the plane, getting to talk to one another and really getting that cohesive brotherhood again that we had last year. It’s great for us and we just got to keep building from here. The Heat are 3-3 on the trip, including victories in their last two games. The trip is tied for the longest in franchise history. . Since starting 7-14, Miami is 6-3 to improve to 13-17. . And the Heat have done it while dealing with a variety of injuries. “I think, without a doubt, this is one of the best segments of the season for us,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve made big strides I think in the last eight, nine days of this trip and we’ve dealt with some adversity together. I think that’s always good for our group.”. While the Heat are still working through those injuries, the Thunder are starting to get healthy after a series of injuries that left Oklahoma City without an active point guard for several games. . Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is coming off the best of his three games since his return from missing four consecutive contests with a left knee sprain. . Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and had nine assists in Sunday’s victory at Cleveland. . The return of Gilgeous-Alexander and backup point guard Theo Maledon, who has recently moved into the starting lineup alongside Gilgeous-Alexander, has helped the Thunder become more efficient. “Transition offense is the big weapon that we have with the guards that we have that are so aggressive getting downhill and putting pressure on,” center Mike Muscala said. “Then you’re getting free throws, which adds to that efficiency, and getting layups and dunks and then you’re getting 3-point shots.”. . Oklahoma City has averaged 25 free-throw attempts per game over their last four, nearly five per game better than its season average. . The Thunder are still trying to translate that aggressiveness into victories. Oklahoma City dropped six of its last eight. . In their first meeting between the teams, Jan. 4 at Miami, the Heat dominated in a 118-90 win with a balanced scoring effort. Adebayo had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Oklahoma City shot just 36.7 percent from the field. . The Thunder’s bench, which scored 42 points in Sunday’s win, shot just 31.4 percent in the previous meeting. The Heat are likely to be without Goran Dragic once again, but the guard figures to return soon after missing the last eight games with a sprained left ankle. Dragic has played in just three games since Jan. 25. . Miami could be without Tyler Herro as well. . Herro is listed as questionable after not playing in the second half of Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers following a right hip contusion.